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Bishop's Blog


Articles and blogs from Missouri Bishop Bob Farr
 

God's Got This

“So we’re not giving up. How could we? Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.”

Greater Things

John 14:11-16 “Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things because ...

It's Catching a New Breath

Reaffirm our connection to Christ and to each other. Reframe the future. Rethink our ministry model. Rebuild our resilience. Reaccelerate toward new opportunities.

Fighting Our Stereotyping

Matthew 7: 1-5 (The Message) — Key Verse: 7:1 Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults — unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s ...

For Every Action, There is a Reaction

“With my eyes, I have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all people. This child is…to be a sign that will be spoken against.”

Crossings That Matter

On September 4, 1771, Francis Asbury left Europe on a ship headed to America to join the new Methodist mission field of lay and local preachers. The trip took seven weeks at sea, lots of time to think and wonder about ...

What Outrageous Assignment Has God Given You?

God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. ...

Christ In All

“This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless ...

Leadership Amid a Pandemic

When I sought the election as bishop in 2016, I never imagined the degree of disruption (the pandemic, denominational issues, racial injustices and political turmoil) we would have experienced this last 18 months. My ...

No matter what I say…

Maintaining faith, courage and energy in the face of these challenging times can be a bit daunting. However, daunting times are nothing new to the Christian faith. As we travel through this season of Lent, we are ...

A New Year in Unusual Times

The year 2020 was full of many “firsts” and a season of “we’ve never done it like that before.” Sometimes the changes were easy and sometimes they were extremely hard and long. It was certainly a year of adjustments. Now...

I Claim Christ

Fall and spring are my favorite seasons of the year. In spring,everything comes back to life from a season of cold, darkness and dormancy. New life begins to spring forth and baseball begins. In fall, the colors change; ...